Showing posts from July, 2013

Donations for Alberta Flood Relief

These 2 little paintings are my donations to the Alberta Flood Rose Project, a fundraising project which has the contributions of hundreds of Alberta artists. 
Each of the donated artworks will depict Alberta's provincial flower, the wild rose, and will be mounted in a large grid with 80 or 100 others.  The resulting colourful, group work will be auctioned off to raise money for the Red Cross' ongoing relief efforts in Alberta's flood areas. 
All of those different styles depicting the same subject will make a spectacular display for a home or office.  I hope the bidding is brisk!

The scene as it is, not as you think it is

I took my trusty pochade box to Kelowna BC recently when I was there to teach a workshop for the Okanagan chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists and to visit family.   The workshop was a success with lots of good portraits painted by the artists who attended, and, wonderfully, I also managed to find the time for an afternoon of plein air painting.  
This little creek was tumbling down right beside a back road, screened by trees so that you'd never guess it was there.  
What struck me was the amount of colour in the water as it tumbled down over rocks and into a calmer stretch of the creek.  I saw an overall ochery-green hue with a lot of lavender in the shadows.  Where the water frothed over rocks, it took on a cool, yellowish tint.  The sheltering foliage cast its colour into the water as did the bits of sky that managed to peek through the
branches overhead. 
 I didn't see these colours all at once; it took a lot of looking and thinking to figure out what my eyes were …

Arabella Magazine Feature

I can't wait for this issue of Arabella magazine to hit the stores this week.  My work is profiled in their "Artists to Collect" section with lots of great images and an interview.

It's a great honour.

I hope you'll pick up an issue at Chapters, Barnes & Noble or get it online

Painting Light and Colour

This is another painting in which my goal was to achieve a very specific effect.  In this case it was the effect of skin influenced by many different sources of colourful light: the sun at the child's back, the light of the sparkling water bouncing up onto his face; the dappled foliage reflecting into his skin; and the t-shirt adding some cool, blue notes and the shadow cast along his entire front.  Although I only had a photo that I took last year to work from, I could mine it for enough clues about colour choices that I had a starting point.  Then it was a matter of painting boldly: exaggerating some of those colours and layering them juicily together to create a vibrant and varied gray in the flesh tones.

I could add a lot of different colours as long as I kept the overall value the same in the shadow and kept consistent temperatures: cool in the shadow; warm in the light.  I know there is red in the "cool" shadow and the highlight on the boys neck has a hint of coo…